Review: Skinny Bitch Gets Hitched by Kim Barnouin

Posted 1 May, 2014 by Allison Hiltz in Book Reviews, Fiction / 8 Comments

Review: Skinny Bitch Gets Hitched by Kim BarnouinSkinny Bitch Gets Hitched by Kim Barnouin
Published by Simon & Schuster on May 16, 2014
Pages: 320
Genres: Fiction
Source: Galley

From Goodreads: In the second fun and charming novel in the bestselling Skinny Bitch series, a twenty-something vegan chef juggles the wild ride of running her own successful restaurant with the whirlwind of wedding planning to her carnivorous restaurateur fiance.

It takes A LOT to shock Clementine Cooper, but as she’s spending 24/7 at her hot new restaurant, Clementine’s No Crap Café, cooking alongside her zany staff and creating new tofutastic recipes, her meat-eating, millionaire boyfriend, Zach Jeffries, surprises Clem by proposing!

There’s no way that Clem is going to have the kind of uptight, fancy wedding that Zach’s mom is already planning, but she’s so focused on her fabulous restaurant that she doesn’t have time to fight her future monster-in-law. But when Clem takes a weekend trip to her parents’ farm, she has a game-changing brainstorm: she’ll convert her parents’ empty barn into an organic restaurant—Clementine’s No Crap Outpost—and she and Zach will have the no-fuss wedding they’ve dreamed of!

Upon returning to Santa Monica, it seems that even Clem’s brilliant idea can’t keep her life from falling apart. Clem tries to make up for Zach’s sudden distance by hanging out with a fellow vegan chef, and then her best friend and roommate suddenly gets engaged to her horrible reality TV co-star and starts planning a rival wedding. Clem begins to realize that to get the no-crap life she wants, she’ll have to work her butt off to launch her new eatery, fight for the carnivore she loves, save her friendships, and—maybe—she’ll get the wedding of her dreams.

Source: Publisher/Simon & Schuster

I know this isn’t the type of book that I normally review, but last week was Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon and I knew that I needed something lighter than my normal picks to get through it. Skinny Bitch Gets Hitched, the second novel by the author of the bestselling Skinny Bitch cookbook series, follows vegan chef Clementine as she works to open a new restaurant and marry the meat-eating millionaire, Zach. As with all chick lit books, there’s a love story, some tension, a cute third-party person, as well as a lot of laughs.

What’s different about this book is that it all takes place within food world, which is perfect for chick lit fans who are also foodies (in particular, vegans). Clementine is passionate, doesn’t take any crap (hence the name of her restaurant – the No Crap Café), and loves her restaurant more than just about anything. She also loves Zach, which is why his odd behavior following his proposal (not to mention his momster) causes her a lot of stress, and it’s this tension that drives the book.

Chick lit fans will eat this up (no pun intended), but foodies will enjoy it, too. You’ll race through it, laugh along the way, and drop your jaw at some of the things Clementine does and says. So when you pack up your things and head to the beach this summer, Skinny Bitch Gets Hitched is a good one to throw in your bag.

Released: May 16, 2014 • Pages: 320 • Publisher: Gallery Books


Allison Hiltz
Allison is a voracious reader, Law & Order aficionado, serial napper, shark conservationist, and crazy coffee drinker. She is currently pursuing her graduate degree in Public Policy and lives in Denver, CO with her husband and two rescue dogs. She can be contacted at allison(at)thebookwheelblog(dot)com.
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  • Wendy @

    I’m also not into chicklits, but I might pick this up when doing a readathon haha. I love the foodish take on chicklit though. Must loooove food.

    • The Book Wheel

      Well this is definitely that :)

  • Andi

    This looks fun to have on the shelf when I need a slump buster.

    • The Book Wheel


  • Melinda @ The Book Musings

    I read the original book – Skinny Bitch. It was quite a read, in terms of grossing me out – atleast certain parts of the book. I wonder if I should pick this one up.

    • The Book Wheel

      This one is fiction, rather than non-fiction so it’s totally different. It’s worth a shot.

  • Words for Worms

    I love a little chick lit now and again. It’s a fun change of pace :).

    • The Book Wheel

      It is. Sometimes you just need to kick back and relax!